Coronavirus: The Lowry building is NOW OPEN for socially-distanced indoor performances (mid-week evenings & weekends) and for gallery visitors (11am-4pm at weekends). Click here to read details of our re-opening line-up.

Dance Training

Weekly Open Classes

Looking for your child’s first dance class or wishing to improve and build on a pre-existing foundation in dance with Contemporary Technique?

NorthWestDance and The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT) are currently offering online classes on a Friday evening 4.45pm-5.45pm, to participants from the age of 11 – 16 years old – a fun and insightful experience into the exciting world of dance, taught in the digital environment.

Our open classes allow young people to develop knowledge and skills in contemporary technique and the creative process, whether they are considering applying for the CAT at some point in the future, or simply love to dance.

Centre for Advanced Training in Dance

Are you aged 11-16 and love to dance? Then check out our Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme.

Part of a family of National CAT Schemes across the country, The Lowry CAT is a part-time, pre-vocational course that gives young people access to high quality dance training. It’s ideal if you’re hoping to progress toward full-time training in the future.

The CAT is funded by the Music and Dance Scheme through the Department of Education, providing financial support for families through means-tested grants.

For more information on the training visit our useful FAQs below or email us here.

For a full list of CAT Open Days, click here.


How To Apply

We are recruiting for Autumn entry!

Our CAT Audition takes place annually in June. Applicants are encouraged to find out more about The Lowry CAT programme before you apply via our series of events.

Click here to read more about how to apply for The Lowry CAT.

Click here to download our application form.

FREE Workshop Experiences 2021 - for schools, dance schools and youth groups

The Lowry Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT) is currently offering schools, colleges, youth & community groups and Youth Dance Companies the opportunity to experience The Lowry CAT for FREE, in a format of their choice (according to organisational, local and national COVID-related restrictions) in the Spring term ahead of the final CAT Auditions in the Summer Term.

These experiences are open to young people aged 11 – 16 and we have digital and in-person options available, with workshops created bespoke for you and your group.

NW Dance

We are delighted to announce that The Lowry’s U.Dance NW 2021 event will this year be delivered in partnership with Ludus Dance.

This year’s festival will be held digitally on 29 April, providing a brilliant day filled with exciting performances, workshops and networking opportunities.

Ludus will be leading on the delivery of this year’s event, whilst The Lowry will maintain a close connection to the development and delivery of this year’s festival.

Come and join us for an amazing day celebrating youth dance from across the North West!

Click here for more information.

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